Food through the Ages

November 15, 2013 / Events
Rome, Lazio

The postcards are from the Victorian era (called the stile Umbertino in Italian, after the King at the time) as well as contemporary times, the time between the wars as well as the dopo-guerra. Some are more traditional about places, while others are comic, erotic, political, sexist, racist, bawdy, or commercial in nature. A veritable minestrone of a mix! What makes this selection from the collezione Sturani truly fascinating however, is that all the postcards are about food and drink in Italy.

Enrico Sturani is considered the foremost postcard collector and expert in the world, and he put these examples together for Eataly-Rome (on display until the end of December) to show Italy’s approach to food over the past 150 years. This charming selection is interesting precisely because it shows how the country has changed and some of the ways it hasn’t as seen through food, which as we all know is one of the fundamental components of national identity, perhaps in Italy more so than many other places. Enjoy!

Please excuse the glare, unavoidable as the postcards were protected by glass panels.

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GB

by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

11 Responses to “Food through the Ages”

  1. Ginny Siggia

    Italy. Food. One and the same. One cannot come away from Italy without rhapsodizing about the food. The postcards are priceless! I love Sale Gemma.

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  2. Marie Giacalone

    Thanks for sharing these fabulous postcards- I will go back and look at them again & again! I wish we could order some prints!

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  3. Francis Ventre

    Fabulous postcards. I’m writing my Italian -American friends about this.

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  4. Alyce Ann Myers

    Wonderful collection of postcards GB. Thank you for sharing this find. It would be great to see this collection exhibited at Eataly in New York City.

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  5. I love these cards, especially the very old ones. It connects me, somehow, to my immigrant grandparents. I have some old pictures of Pollutri and Roccamonfina, and I love them.
    Thank you

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